That's the main reason why any government is looking into this. The money used to staff people to properly distribute the money is better spent just giving people money. The idea is that you hopefully reduce homelessness and give people opportunities to better themselves.The main question with UBI is if it will save money by eliminating the numerous government welfare programs, and replace them with single payment sent out to everyone each month.
In other world, if you don't need all the government workers qualifying people, checking incomes, filling out paper work, etc., you will save a lot of money.
It's pretty cheap to just give everyone an EBT card they can use to pay for stuff.
Well, any amount of money is better than nothing. The smart thing to do is make currency 100% digital so you can t rack where the money goes. You don't want people using this money to buy illegal drugs.The problem is how much is UBI. If you make it too low, you still have the same problems. If you make it to high, almost nobody will be willing to work the low-end jobs.
The problem is those low-end jobs are dead end jobs. People work them cause they have no choice. But those same people can't afford time for school. If you want a better paying job, you need education, but you also need time to study. At the same time those jobs pay shit. You can make a better case to be payed better than minimum wage when you can just give them the finger and live off UBI. If you think that's unfair, just remember that companies often hire unqualified Indian workers to take your job using H1B. If not that, then they move the job out of country all together.
You'd be lucky to receive $2k a month. UBI will likely pay you something like $250 to $500 per month. If you live with people then you can survive off that for a while.$2k/month might be a decent living in some areas of the country, but in others it wouldn't be enough to rent a closet.
Maybe, but at some point it'll have to pass due to automation. It's not the reason why governments are exploring it now, but it'll be required to prevent a total economic collapse once automation takes hold.One reason this will never pass is that you will have a lot of unemployed government workers.